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Landscape Painting Essentials with Johannes Vloothuis

Quick Overview

Learn how to paint landscapes in oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic from expert artist Johannes Vloothuis.



You will love this landscape book if:

  • You enjoy the teachings of Johannes Vloothuis
  • You want to learn expert tips and advice for painting beautiful landscapes
  • You are looking for successful painting techniques for acrylic, oil, pastel, and watercolor

Experience the fun and rewarding process of capturing nature’s splendor with this landscape painting book. Popular art instructor Johannes Vloothuis teaches you the ins and outs of painting landscapes in acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oil. Learn how to make the shift of painting what you see to painting as an artist sees it. Discover how to strategically edit, rearrange, and enhance color to turn nature’s beauty into inspired, original, and stunning landscapes. With just a few brushstrokes you will learn to capture the grandness and majesty of the landscape in Landscape Painting Essentials.

In Landscape Painting Essentials you will learn:

  • Easy-to-follow strategies to make your paintings more interesting and dramatic
  • Discover specific techniques for painting mountains, water, foliage, snow and more
  • Nine step-by-step demonstrations walking you through techniques to create successful landscape paintings

A Word from the Author
I have taught over 15,000 artists, including professionals. These classes enabled me to verbalize in simple understandable terms the science of beauty in landscape painting, and much of it is now being revealed in this book. I part with this notion, I don’t believe in ugly paintings because it is a human expression, but I do believe one should pursue venues to make them more beautiful.” &#8211Johannes Vloothuis

About the Author
Johannes Vloothuis is a full-time professional artist and renowned art instructor with experience in all the main painting mediums. A frequent workshop instructor for WetCanvas, he has traveled all over North America giving painting workshops and demonstrations and has taught over 15,000 classes online to artists all over the world. Johannes finds his true passion lies in sharing compositional secrets and seeing his students grow into better artists.

Chapter One: Paint How the Eye Sees
Chapter Two: Design with Abstract Shapes
Chapter Three: Vary and Enrich Colors
Chapter Four: Create Meldoic Movement
Chapter Five: Simplify
Chapter Six: Avoiding Clones
Chapter Seven: Accentuate Depth

Additional Information

SKU T1872
Product Type Book
Pages 144
ISBN13 9781440336270
Instructor Johannes Vloothuis
Skills Paint
Skill Level All Levels
Media Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Watercolor
Content Landscape
Art Style Classical Realism
  1. Very happy! Very interesting book! review by Nicole H Lachance on 6/20/2016

    I am very happy! It is a very interesting book!

  2. As Always ..Fantastic review by Pat on 6/19/2016

    I think it woud be hard to beat the approach Vloothuis takes in teaching and drilling in the techniques important to becoming a super artist. He always covers a topic so it's easy to understand.
    Good for experienced painters and new also. I have his dvds also and I really enjoy it all. I don't feel you can go wrong with any of his products!!

  3. Best Book review by Jean on 5/28/2016

    I have taken Johannes's online class for 5 years. He is the best teacher, great Artist, and loves to teach. Teaches in a language that even a begging artist can understand. I learned more from him the first class I took than I did from the many workshops I had taken in the past. We begged him to write a book and he finally did. This is all you will need to become a great artist. All you need to know is in this book. It is a treasure.

  4. A must have for the art library review by Elese on 5/1/2016

    Easy to understand explanations, exceptional illustrations for each topic, and the very recognizable artistic wisdom of Johannes Vloothuis make this a must have for the art library of both beginners and professionals. Don't let the price fool you--it's worth its weight in gold. I wonder how many hours of frustration I would have saved if I had found this before I ever picked up a paint brush.

  5. Classes by Johannes review by Teresa on 4/30/2016

    I have enjoyed every class i have taken by Joe. This has been a period of 6 years. Each time he re-enforces points needed to become a better artist. There is not a class that has gone by that i did not learn something new. It is like being in the room with him as he paints. He answers questions and does 3 different mediums. One week is oils, one week is pastels and one week water color. I paint along in oils but watching him do water color has peaked my interest to try. His teaching is not complicated but very easy to understand. As a senior its getting harder to grab details. So it is nice i can get the download and go back over things he has said and done with each painting. YOU WILL NOT be disappointed no matter what level of art you are. Beginner to pro he covers it all. He will critic your work too. There is a great support group to back him up.

  6. A wonderful art book review by Sonia on 4/28/2016

    This book contains so many golden nuggets of information to take your paintings to a whole new level. If you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, you will find this book a great addition to your studio.

    I highly recommend Johannes Vloothuis as an art instructor to anyone who wishes to improve their art and to enjoy the painting process without roadblocks. Learn how to interpret a photo to create a most pleasing and inviting painting. Johannes does not hold back. If you teach art, you will still appreciate the way Johannes teaches and his way of explaining art principles in a way that students really grasp it. Joining him as a student , you have access to an interactive Facebook group where you can add your class work and have it critiqued by Johannes himself. Who else offers this? To see more about Johannes, I recommend you sign up on his website for future classes. So affordable! During live classes you can ask questions and chat with other students. Purchasing the classes lets you have the downloads to view again and again at your convenience. website , Facebook group , Johannes Vloothuis Landscape Alumni

  7. Landscape Painting Essentials review by Joyce on 4/28/2016

    So many good tips. I like the book and would recommend to anyone loving Art.

  8. Excellent! review by Sarah on 4/18/2016

    I have been watching his instruction online and in videos for some time, and this book reinforces, reminds, and provides reference points that back up his instruction. Using his chapter titles, you can make a quick checklist to judge your work in progress. He cuts right to the elements that make or break a painting.

  9. Great resource review by Elizabeth on 2/8/2016

    Having joined several of Johannes classes- this great resource is a back up to all those things you've learnt in his classes
    Johannes is a great instructor and his book also gives some of the secrets of landscape painting.
    My painting has so improved with his instruction
    I would recommend to all

  10. Great Book!!!! review by Carol on 1/29/2016

    Anything by Johannes is wonderful! Have watched some of his free online classes and downloaded a lot of his classes. Finally decided I needed one of his books since I wanted something "physical" to look at and refer to w/o having to get on computer and bring up a download. I have been a BIG fan of his since I first discovered his classes. He makes everything seem so simple and does a wonderful job of explaining and showing how to do something, and in 4 different mediums instead of just one. Love this book, or anything of his.
    Thank you! Thank you!

  11. Very informative review by Mindy on 8/7/2015

    Excellent tips and veryuseful. Thanks.

  12. Great Book review by Debi on 5/23/2015

    All the essential information you need to remember the keys to good design in your paintings. If you have been painting awhile sometimes you just need a reminder and this book does it for me. Just scan the pages and the solution to that nagging problem of "what is it that is not working with this painting?" will become clear.

  13. A Must Have review by ValH on 4/29/2015

    Don't like your painting? Can't figure out what's wrong with your landscape effort? This is the book for you! Johannes takes you by the hand and leads you through a myriad of techniques, strategies and lessons that can do nothing but help you along the way. I have taken almost all of his online lessons and my art work has improved by leaps and bounds. A purchase you won't regret.

  14. Excellent book review by Raymond on 4/27/2015

    This book has what you need to paint wonderful landscapes.
    Love it.

  15. Love it review by Elaine on 4/25/2015

    I have been taking on line classes from Johannes now for about 4 years. My painting has improved in leaps and bounds. Over the years I had taken many many notes of the 100's of tips and important things he was teaching to his students which all helped to take your paintiings to the next level. However, my notes were never well organized and it took me forever to find a key point to check when I needed it. This book provides much of this same information but it is so well organized, easy to follow and very thorough. Plus all of the eye candy in his wonderful photos and paintings helps to not only read a concept but actually 'see' it. It is a truly wonderful resource for a beginner as well as for more advanced artists.

  16. very motivating review by Diann on 4/24/2015

    I hadn't been painting as much as I'd like. I get half way into a Painting and then not like it so I never finish it. This book has helped me like all my paintings.

  17. Complete Landscape Painting Guide review by Stana on 4/17/2015

    This book is great for artists from beginner to professional levels. I have many art books, but none of them compare to the depth of information found in Jo's book. It is great to have such a comprehensive guide to refer to when creating my art.

  18. A must have art book. review by ToskaFromAlabama on 4/17/2015

    Everything you want to know about painting a successful landscape painting. Many of the "essentials" are applicable to other paintings like still life too. This book has more images of paintings then I have ever seen in other art books. A must have for your art library. You can't help but improve your paintings if you apply these principles.

  19. Must Have Book!! review by Larry on 4/17/2015

    I am basically a beginner when it comes to painting, although I have been drawing using charcoal and graphite pencils for many years. I am still learning to use the tools of the trade....brushes, mixing colors properly...and everything else. I have been taking Jo's classes online since July, and have purchased a couple of his DVD's....but the book gives me a hands on guide to all of the pearls of wisdom of Jo's. Jo's teaches the things other artists don't....and instead of being frustrated with painting, I am now learning what I need to do to create the beauty I see around me everyday. I cannot stress to you how wonderful this book matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned artist....Jo's book can help your art work reach new levels you could not have imagined!

  20. Absolutely wonderful!!!! review by Maryann on 4/16/2015

    This wonderful and "only one you will need" art book has been long awaited. I've been taking the author's online courses for 4 years and this book has all the concepts he explains in his courses. The book is chock full of artwork he has done in class as well as visual explanations of those concepts. You will absolutely NOT REGRET buying this book or taking his online courses.

  21. My Landscape Painting Bible review by Mary P. on 4/16/2015

    I've been taking Jo's online paint-alongs for the past 6 months and wow, has my artistic eye improved — not to mention my painting skills. This book is a phenomenal, concise recap of all of the most critical points he teaches during those paint alongs. He reveals every secret, every nuance - you can't help but be fascinated and enthralled with every page. It's quickly become my landscape painting bible. My go-to for whenever I get stuck trying to solve a problem. My inspiration for when I want to paint a scene but get stuck trying to figure out the best composition. Although his examples are primarily using watercolor or oil, (he has one pastel demonstration), it really doesn't matter because the principles, the WHY you need to do this or that apply regardless of the medium in which you prefer to work. You will love this book! [And sign up for one of his paint alongs - you'll get hooked and learn even more.]

  22. Fabulous artist and fabulus book!! review by Nancy Sue on 4/15/2015

    This is the only book you will ever need to bring out the artist in you! I have piles of art books but none so informative, easy to understand and full of the secrets other artists will NEVER share. So many tidbits in this book to take your painting to a whole new level. Honestly if you are looking for The Best Art Book ever, this is it! It will make you hunger for all of this artists ideas and experience. This is the frosting on the cake after watching his live classes for over three years and now having this resource at my fingertips I have no excuse to not take my art to a new level! Thank you Johannes Vloothuis for everything!!

  23. Wonderful book - you will be a better artist review by Carol on 4/15/2015

    I've been taking classes from Jo for a couple years (live internet) - and have purchased previous classes I missed from Northlight Shop. His book is essential for any aspiring artist's collection. From the moment I viewed the beautiful cover I fell in love with this book. Well worth the affordable price. Add some of his classes to your collection. And sign up for his live on-going internet classes where you will be able to paint along (in any medium) and chat with other artists who will become your friends. And usually the video recordings are included and you can download them to your own computer. You can visit his site at I'm a fan !!

  24. Great as usual except for the cover review by Trudy on 4/11/2015

    I have been following Jo since I first discovered his workshops and DVDs and am convinced that he is a consummate artist and instructor. I am delighted to have a physical book to pick up and read. It is packed with so much information and as I have done so many times before, I would recommend that anyone who is interested in painting well should take advantage of his very informative and all encompassing instructions. However, the moment I saw the cover of this book, my eyes were drawn to the middle mountain peak where I saw the face of a man. I asked others (artists and non-artists) to comment on the painting and they too saw the face. It is very distracting. I am surprised this painting was chosen for the cover.

  25. Great Imformation review by Janette on 4/8/2015

    Johannes has put into book form so many golden nuggets for making a painting work with a professional look that it is the best bargain anywhere. I have purchased most of his DVDs and this is so nice to have right at your fingertips when something isn't working in your painting, to pick it up and see-oh yeah-thats what I did wrong. It is mostly landscape but I work mostly with figures and the imformation that he supplies applies to figures as well. I can't express enough how much this would be a benefit to anyone painting as well as someone who is just interested in learning more about viewing paintings. The only one thing I could critcize is it should have been a hard back book for permanency.

  26. A Total KnowHow book review by Barbara Wetpaint38 on 3/5/2015

    After four years of online classes I am so happy to see it is all in a book for reference at my fingertips . Written in easy to understand for even a beginner ... Great job of putting it all together LOVE IT

  27. You must have this book review by Dragana on 2/5/2015

    I live on another continent, Europe and I heard of Mr. ‎Johannes Vloothuis through the Internet. Before it, I took some classes in my own country, but nobody did know to explain me those little, but most important, in other words essential things that I somehow feel, but were not sure that they are correct. So, I am very thankful to him because he has shown me how to release my mind and my hand, and I think that everybody who likes to paint must have his book, and has to take his classes.

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